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“Beautiful and comfortable home, delicious breakfast, and delightful hosts”

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Branson House Bed & Breakfast
Ranked #1 of 2 Petersburg B&B and Inns
Iowa City, Iowa
Level 3 Contributor
11 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Beautiful and comfortable home, delicious breakfast, and delightful hosts”
Reviewed May 29, 2011

Lovely traditional home with welcoming hosts. Brick walk and steps to front door mean it is not handicapped accessible. Once inside there is a small elevator to transfer luggage or persons to the next floor. Our two rooms each had attached bathrooms. The rooms and beds were very comfortable. Each room had a small sofa with a reading lamp. Cold soda pop and water was available in a small refrigerator on our floor, as well as microwave popcorn, but we were not hungry or thirsty enough to use them. Our hosts were very friendly, and happy to share some of the history of the home and town with us. And the man of the house is the mayor of Petersburg!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed May 12, 2011

We stayed at the Branson House B&B when we had a wedding at Hill Prairie Winery in Oakford, IL. The other option was to stay in a hotel in Springfield, IL which would have been a 45 minute drive AND more expensive. We had a lovely room (stayed in Sylvia's Chambers) with a comfortable bed and our own bath, in room. Breakfast was great each day and we went into town one night, which was just a short walk down the hill. I'd recommend this bed and breakfast to anyone looking for a great place to stay when in the area.

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  • Stayed May 2011, traveled as a couple
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Chicago, Illinois
Level 6 Contributor
189 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
Reviewed March 25, 2011

Stayed at Branson House for only one night but could have moved in! Had the choice of staying at a no-tell motel or a B&B while out of town on business in a very small town. This place was the right choice. The house itself is spectacular, and my room was so quaint and peaceful. Everything waw SPOTLESS. So many little extras...a computer right outside my room, flat screen tv, choice of many dvd's, little snacks and drinks right outside my room. I lit the electric fireplace, layed in my bed (so comfy -- top quality sheets) and relaxed. Again, did I mention this place is spotless? In the morning Norma cooked the best breakfast ever -- homemade blueberry pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausage, fruit, etc etc etc. The house is just great. So romantic! If you want to get away, do try this place! If I am ever in the area I will definitely stay again. Two weeks prior I stayed at the Riverbank Lodge right down the street. NO Comparison and price is literally the same! The only issue I did have was the people in the nedxt room had their TV on very, very loud and were watching shoot em up action movies. I finally, at 10:30 pm knocked and asked them to turn it down which they did. Turns out it was a family of 5 in this one room (3 children and parents). That explains that.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled on business
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2 Thank Deb R
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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6 reviews
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Reviewed October 25, 2010

We love Bed & Breakfasts but never know what to expect from various ones we book with for the first time. This bed & breakfast's pictures online were exactly what we were looking for and in a town just as we had hoped. As it turns out after our arrival, this B&B run by the town mayor and his wife exceeded all of our expectations. The rooms are so very quaint and we loved our greatly. The hosts treated us so, so well. What a generous couple this is. Breakfast was family style which was so neat and we were actually sad to leave. Our 6 small children were anxious for our arrival home after 2 nights away. So much to tour and see there in Petersburg/Springfield. Will take our children to this area next time and try camping BUT simultaneously dream we're back in Sylvia's Chamber ! Thank you John and Norma - greatly !

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Saint Paul, MN
Level 4 Contributor
45 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed March 27, 2010

We stayed two nights in the Branson B&B in Petersburg (close to historic New Salem, an early Abe Lincoln dwelling/business site). Our hosts were gracious and delightful, full of lots of local lore (husband John is the local mayor) and had hospitality galore. The house itself, a beautiful 1876 Eastlake mansion, is both affordable and comfortable; the breakfast is hearty and ample. If you're there for Springfield sights, Petersburg (a half hour drive from Springfield) is a quiet, restful place with plenty of its own Civil War era (and earlier) history. We would definitely stay there again next time we're in the area. Our friendly hosts even presented us with a Happy Anniversary cake!

  • Stayed March 2010, traveled as a couple
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Saint Louis, Missouri
Level 4 Contributor
19 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed November 3, 2008

My 2 friends and I stayed here, and we loved it from the time we pulled up to the house. Norma and John couldn't have made it any nicer than it was. The place is spotless, food fantastic. There was another couple joining us at breakfast, and after the food was served, John and Norma sat down to visit with us all. They are the kind of people who you want as friends. The antiques are lovely, you just feel at home here. Luckily, my friend accidentally left a bottle of wine there, so we will be going back to retrieve it (like we need an excuse) and spending another night. You can't go wrong staying here.

  • Liked — Had space for 3 adults, excellent food, welcoming hosts
  • Disliked — Stay was too short
  • Stayed November 2008, traveled with friends
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OAK FOREST, IL
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Reviewed September 20, 2008

This bed and breakfast is everything a traveler would want it to be. The house itself is delightful and charming. It is almost like a museum with all the antiques. Built in about 1876 makes it like walking into history. It is up on a hill overlooking Petersburg and provides a beautiful view. The grounds contain a beautiful gazebo, outdoor fire pit, a swing lots of chairs, and parking.
A front porch on the 2nd floor is furnished with wicker hairs and provides an even greter view of the valley.
Inside are two parlors, a dining area, and four beautiful rooms to stay in. Everything is bright an spotlessly clean. Each room has a TV with hundreds of movies available to use. But why watch TV when New Salem is just 2 miles away. Springfield.
And to top all of this off are the two hosts; John and Norma Stiltz. Absolutely great people. And boy can Norma cook up a great breakfast. Yummy, yummy!
Food in the local restaurants is excellent and just walking around Petersburg is an experience in itself. 5 STARS PLUS.
POSTED BY HOWARD & DIANE RIBBENTROP
OAK FOREST, ILLINOIS

  • Stayed September 2008, traveled as a couple
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Property: Branson House Bed & Breakfast
Address: 324 W Jackson St, Petersburg, IL 62675-1506
Location: United States > Illinois > Petersburg
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Petersburg
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Enjoy your nights stay in a beautiful 1876 “Eastlake” Victorian Bed and Breakfast located in Historic Petersburg, Illinois near Lincoln's New Salem State Park. ... more   less 

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